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The Bison Restaurant

4.7
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1439 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
'The Bison Restaurant' is committed to using regional, seasonal and Canadian ingredients. Our intimate dining room has windows on all sides, with Banff's best mountain views, and a large sunny terrace. Watch as a brigade of chef's prepare your meal in our open-concept kitchen led by executive chef Jamie Staples.
The Bison is open Thursdays through Sundays from 5pm.
Children are welcome and reservations are recommended.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 1439 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chris
Montreal
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Super tasty food and generous portions

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Chris
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot we have been to in Banff hands down. Fantastic food, drinks, and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Glad to see you are open again. We ordered the Bison rib eye and Miso chicken. Once again, it was another fabulous meal!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

service was excellent and food was very good. Gnocchi with bison ragu was spectacular but short rib was disappointing. Will be back to try more soon

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CaraS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners we've ever had in Banff or Calgary. Service was excellent, and the kitchen was on top of its game. Even though things are different with Covid protocols, we felt completely safe and enjoyed the dining experience. We're looking forward to going back again this summer.

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LisaV
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing a must taste!
Bison is the best!
The server was excellent and the Executive Chef came right to our table and helped us make a wonderful choice on our meal. Very talented Chefs and well run restaurant 😄

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BriarA
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was lovely, all patrons at the table were very happy to see The Bison open again!

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Jennifer
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bison platter was AMAZING. Short ribs melted off the bone. Vegetables were roasted and still crispy and delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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JoeK
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at the Bison but it won’t be our last. My wife had the trout and I had the beef tenderloin...both were out of this world fabulous!!

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Heyorayo
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best farm to table restaurant I have ever been to.

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vipPinecone
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience at the Bison. The escargot appetizer was unique (served in bone marrow) and was very tasty. The pear salad was wonderful. We didn't try the bison but the beef tenderloin and the venison were prepared perfectly.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really truly enjoyed the fine relaxing musician during the Sunday brunch to accompany the delicious bennys and service. Merci beaucoup!

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JenH
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the open kitchen area was fab, the tasting board was enough for 3 and the Brussels sprout were yummy!! Will definitely visit again

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vippamhiker
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow, best Caesar Salad ever, wonderful curried cauliflower, the escargot looked amazing, will try next time. The duck was perfectly charred and cooked, fabulous flavor. The chocolate orange cake was to die for. Will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan our server explained meal options very well
Articulate though not over the top

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great restaurant but service was a little slow, particularly to start.

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MichelleG
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Portions weren't very big and the service wasn't the greatest.

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JillC
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a 'non-chain' restaurant for a fun dinner out with friends. What an amazing find! The service was fabulous, the food was amazing, and the live jazz music was an added bonus. Wish we had a restaurant like this near my home town.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, had a great time

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Joonan87
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service. The Brussel sprouts are to die for!! Will definitely be back our next trip to Banff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from Philadelphia Pa. and really enjoyed the restaurant. The food was excellent, service was superb and ambiance was authentic Ski country. The farm to table freshness of all the dishes were noticeable and delicious. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great....our server was fantastic...wish I remembered her name

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vipGravesS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a simply wonderful evening at the Bison. We sat at the bar and had incredibly service all evening long. We had the bison and the beef tenderloin. Both were perfectly cooked and accompanied. We'll remember this meal for years to come!

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dexter
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening, food, wine and service was amazing, highly recommend. Not a cheap eat but worth every penny

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RyanL
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best steaks I've ever had (ribeye). Will definitely be back.

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LaurenA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

This place is a MUST when traveling to Banff. We did the Bison sampler platter and everything on it was delicious! The duck pasta was amazing. I would eat here again 100%.

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RNewton
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Brought a large group and every single member of the party had an amazing experience. World class service from Tony and a world class meal.

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Steveo
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic, friendly and prompt service. Looking forward to returning to try more menu items.

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JEREMYR
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great service. Little pricey

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NatalieR
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing. The cocktails were perfect, the elk poutine was incredible and the bison ribeye was so good. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Banff. Make a reservation.

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Tayona
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mind blowing Poutine. Other dishes were also phenomenal. Such good balance and harmony of flavors in each dish. Flawless from starters to desserts. Best place we dined in Banff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great farm to table food and excellent service .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food! Well worth the value

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AshleyE
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of the best restaurants in Banff! Food, drinks, and atmosphere are outstanding. We had a party of twelve and they were more than accommodating and they even were able to take our party early. I had the beef tenderloin for dinner and it was the best steak I have ever had. It is wonderful to see a restaurant that takes a farm to table approach.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Overall a great restaurant if you’re in Banff. Side note to not order the duck if you’re hungry! It wasn’t nearly enough food for my boyfriend and he ended up eating half of my food just to feel remotely satisfied.

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Jon747
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went for lunch on a Sunday. We were very pleased overall, we have been to the bison restaurant a few times and have never been unhappy. We ordered the huevos rancheros vegan version and the bison chilli and both were excellent. The vegan dish tastes like a real meat dish. Service was excellent. We liked the location in the middle of the Banff townsite. Service from all the staff was great. Great experience we will go again!

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ChristelleS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our brunch breakfast! The waitress was friendly. The food was yummy, my husband who loves eggs benny really liked yours! Thank you for helping me with birthday candles on my husband’s food for his birthday!

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ErinC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing so friendly. The food was amazing.. my daughter wasn’t feeling well so the chef made her a soup which was delicious. Thank you

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Alfi
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and it was so good. Great experience.

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